As Oral Surgeons, our Doctors at Wyoming Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery perform several corrective jaw surgeries each year. The procedures are done to correct a large array of minor to major skeletal/dental irregularities. The most common being misalignment of the maxilla and mandible creating malocclusion, the subsequent misalignment of the teeth. Orthognathic surgeries can have significant positive effects on many aspects of life; such as the improvement of chewing, speaking and breathing. The patient’s appearance can be effected as well, however, the surgeries are performed to correct functional problems.
Our surgeons work together with your orthodontist to determine the need for such procedures, and if necessity is agreed upon, the surgeon determines which corrective surgery is appropriate and preforms it once the teeth have been aligned by your orthodontist. It is important to note that orthognathic surgery is not the complete treatment for such cases. Orthodontics are required before and after surgery and the entirety of the correction may take several years.
To asses if you or a loved one is a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, take a moment to review the adjacent list. If any or all of these things are present, contacting your dentist or orthodontist would be the next step on the road to treatment.
Orthognathic Surgery Candidacy Checklist
* Difficulty chewing or biting food
* Difficulty swallowing
* Chronic temporal mandibular joint pain
* Chronic headaches
* Excessive or uneven wear of teeth
* Open bite ( space between the upper and lower teeth when closed)
* Disproportionate facial balance from front or side views
* Facial injury
* Birth Defects
* Receding lower jaw and chin
* Protruding jaw
* Inability to close lips without effort
* Chronic mouth breathing
* Sleep apnea/Chronic snoring